We’re running up hot on the Fourth of July now, and with the primetime of summer swiftly approaching, we figured it’s time to revisit our list of San Diego’s seaside spots with five more top beach areas. So, grab your sunglasses, sunscreen, and sun-lovin’ friends, and consider giving each of these pieces of local paradise a look:
Dog owner? Well, you’re in luck, because Ocean Beach is a pupper’s paradise. They actively encourage the presence of doggos, so your best pal will be able to scamper across the sands unencumbered by a leash in the specialized dog-friendly area, “Dog Beach.” However, this town isn’t solely for animal lovers—there are other attractions, such as the Ocean Beach Pier, which stands as one of SoCal’s longest and acts as a top fishing spot that doesn’t require a Cali state fishing license. Also, the surf shops, restaurants, and antique stores are vintage SoCal.
The southernmost beach in Cali—just a quick drive from Tijuana—is Imperial Beach. Known for hosting the U.S. Open Sand Castle Competition each summer, it’s a favorite surf spot for many and houses the Surfboard Museum. Notably, the pier offers fantastic views of the Coronado Islands, there are plentiful trails to trek along, and bird-watching is a celebrated pastime thanks to the more than 300 species in the local area.
La Jolla’s Windansea Beach is a solid spot for surfers, while the cliffs surrounding the area offer some measure of privacy for sunbathers. And because those rock faces are up so high, it also makes the area ideal for whale-watching during migration season.
Cardiff-by-the-Sea has plenty to get into. The Cardiff Reef is one of the area’s most celebrated surf spots—the breaks at Cardiff State Beach are perfection, while the kelp beds are sensational for dive enthusiasts. Now, after all that physical exertion, you’re more than likely going to be pretty damn famished, but no worries—“Restaurant Row” offers dope dining possibilities. And if you want to make more than a day out of it, San Elijo Park supplies more than 170 campsites.
Nestled in San Diego’s North Country is Solana Beach, a collection of surfing hot spots that stand as a gathering place for local enthusiasts thanks to its idyllic waves and hidden coves. Seaside State Beach, Fletcher Cove, and Seascape Beach are favorites for anyone looking to get barreled, and the famed white sands of Tide Beach also make it an enduring attraction. Plus, the plethora of lifeguards and restroom/shower facilities sprinkled about ensure that you’ll be in good hands for the entirety of the summer season.